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A Beginner’s Guide to Athleisure Textiles

Athleisure textiles are determined by four key requirements: comfort, durability, flexibility, and luxury. These requirements allow a garment to support the  wearer’s active and social lifestyle while also being functional and stylish. With  athleisure having a similar appearance to athleticwear, the distinction comes down to the fabric choice and garment construction. Athleisure apparel tends to have a heightened level of craftsmanship and is designed with the intention of being comfortable rather than functional. Some of the fibers and textiles mostoptimal for athleisure include: Polyester A durable and lightweight synthetic fabric composed of recycled plastics, polyester is the most widely used textile in athleisure due to its ability to blend well with other fibers. Additionally, polyester is crease resistant and has substantial insulation properties. Spandex This fiber provides elasticity and breathability to the garment it is blended into, allowing...

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Athleisure or Athleticwear: What's The Difference?

Athleisure and athleticwear are two similar apparel categories for people with active and busy lives. The distinction between the two varies from person to person, so I will attempt to provide you with my best assessment of the situation. Athleticwear initially became popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s when there was an increased interest in fitness, due in part to the ‘do-it-at-home’ exercise equipment and routines being advertised in infomercials. Activewear, also known as sportswear, is category of performance clothing intended to be worn at the gym or while participating in a sport. This type of apparel is designed specifically for athletic use and has evolved over time to help enhance the wearer’s athletic abilities. An example of such an evolution is the development of compression fabrics, which help regulate blood...

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Gym Looks for Beginners

For many of us fresh on the path of our fitness journeys, we don’t always know what to wear to the gym. Should arm day’s outfit be the same as leg days? What about cardio? Yoga? Going to the gym often requires a whole new wardrobe. When purchasing that new gym ensemble it’s important to know what to wear. What You Need: An Athletic Shirt: Something that accentuates your body, is form fitting, stretchy, and isn’t made from 100% cotton. Cotton shirts absorb more moisture and sweat than a shirt with a lycra blend shirt and tend to offer less freedom of mobility. Generally, you’re going to want to look for something with a polyester and lycra blend. A good selection of performance shirts are available...

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Planking: It's Not Just a Fad!

Are you someone who wants to get into shape, but the price of a gym membership is just too high? Well, there is an exercise you can do without leaving your house that is simple and productive. Planking was a fad that was very popular from 2009-2011. All jokes aside, this fad has turned into one of the easiest workouts that anyone could do no matter what kind of shape that you are in. The best part about the exercise is that it’s free and there is no equipment required. Here are 5 benefits to planking: A Toned Belly: This can help develop the base layer for that six-pack ab look. Reduce Back Pain: Planking can help strengthen your upper...

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Benefits of Being a Yogi

  Are you a yogi? Or do you have no idea what a yogi is? A yogi is someone who is proficient in yoga. It doesn't take much to become familiar with yoga. Anyone can do yoga, it all starts with you! Yoga is a series of poses that stretch your body in all different forms from various poses that you perform. No matter how to conduct your yoga session, it should always include breathing exercises, meditation, and stretching and/or flexing your muscles.  It benefits your physical body AND your mind. Physical benefits include: Lowers blood pressure Reduces insomnia Increases your flexibility and muscle tone and strength   Improves energy level Maintains metabolism and improves cardio/circulatory health   Decreases risk...

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